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NOW YOU CAN ENJOY TRAVEL BY PRIVATE JET FOR JUST £58

Consumers long used to the Netflix and Spotify’s ‘all you can eat’ subscription model can now enjoy unlimited private-jet travel, with Surf Air offering its customers as many flights as they like for £1,750 a month.

Just shy of £58 a day, the fee provides membership to Surf Air’s European flight network, which has officially launched today and which offers flights from London Luton to a handful of destinations including Cannes, Zurich, Geneva and Milan. Many more are expected to launch over the coming months.

 

Having paid their subscription fee, clients who book flights online – a process that takes just 30 seconds, says Surf Air – can travel as often as they wish to any of the destinations within their network. It will be possible to check in up to 15 minutes before take-off and they will fly on Embraer Phenom 300 executive jets and Swiss-made Pilatus PC-12 aircraft; there will be a maximum of eight clients per flight. Interiors will be equipped with USB plugs and work counters should passengers need to prepare for a meeting, but the planes themselves will likely serve as spontaneous networking stations too.

Surf Air was founded in the US in 2013 and already services 17 American destinations from its California and Texas hubs. The company’s European CEO Simon Talling-Smith says: “Surf Air offers a smarter, better alternative to commercial travel. Our streamlined service means no queues, no tickets and no stress. We focus our efforts on making each flying experience as simple and effortless as possible.”

A JetSmarter jet
A JetSmarter jet

Surf Air’s arrival in Europe follows the launch in this region of JetSmarter. An app-based platform described as ‘the Uber of private jets’, it is backed by investors such as Jay Z and the Saudi royal family and offers instant pricing and availability for flights worldwide, allowing its users to charter private jets immediately. As with Surf Air, membership options allow unlimited flights on its private-jet shuttle service for a set fee.

Established European JetSmarter shuttle routes include London to Paris, Nice and Geneva, while customers departing from London will also be able to fly to Ibiza, Moscow and Milan from this summer onwards. JetSmarter expects to operate flights between 150 European cities within the next two years. Membership costs $15,000 per year and unlimited flights, globally, of under three hours’ duration are included in that tariff. Longer flights are subject to individual surcharges ranging from between $200 to $3,000 dependent on flight length and demand.

Frequent fliers who don’t wish to commit to that might instead like to enter the Telegraph Travel Awards, which this year is offering as one of its prizes a year of JetSmarter private-jet flights worth £33,000. Unexpectedly, easyJet has also partnered with private-jet logistics company Signature Flight Support to offer its passengers access to London Luton’s private-jet terminal. For a fee of £475 (and an additional £120 for each subsequent passenger on the same booking), easyJet passengers departing from or landing at Luton will be able to use the private terminal as part of their flight experience.

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SIMON COWELL LAUNCHES MULTI ARTISTES CHARITY SINGLE FOR GRENFELL TOWER FIRE VICTIMS. WATCH EMOTIONAL VIDEO HERE

The music video for Simon Cowell’s charity single Bridge Over Troubled Water was released on ITV on Wednesday evening – and it was very emotional. The footage, which was released to raise money for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, consisted of a mix of black-and-white footage of artists singing in the studios, and scenes showing victims affected by the tragedy.

With a star-studded line up of more than 50 artists – who congregated to Sarn Studios over the weekend to record the song – the video included the likes of Liam Payne, Robbie Williams and Pixie Lott.

 

Click here to watch video “Over troubled waters”

 

There were also uplifting moments in the video, which was aired just before Coronation Street at 19:30. Heartwarming gestures from the public, such as the volunteers working tirelessly in community centres and food vans giving out free meals to victims, also featured.

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The video resulted in an outpouring of support from fans on Twitter soon after its debut. “The music video is so unbelievably powerful,” wrote one, while another said: “The single was beautiful reduced me to tears, well done @SimonCowell for this phenomenal single, congrats u were great xx.” A third said: “If it didn’t rip you apart emotionally then you didn’t watch it properly.”

I really want to thank everyone at @ITV for giving up their timeslot to show the Artists For Grenfell video. It really is much appreciated

 

NO ONE IN MY FAMILY REALLY WANTS TO BE KING OR QUEEN OF ENGLAND – PRINCE HARRY

Prince Harry is well known for saying and doing things we don’t expect from a Royal including  his more wild days in Las Vegas with too few clothes on and are now getting used to him being the Fun Royal.

However his interviews in recent weeks have revealed a lot more about the Prince.

They have given us an insight into things we didn’t know before, like his admission he went into a very bad place after his mothers death.

He also made the revelation that he sought psychiatric help when he struggled to properly deal with his grief.

The Prince said he and his brother should not have been asked to walk behind their mother Diana's coffin.
The Prince said he and his brother should not have been asked to walk behind their mother Diana’s coffin. Credit: PA

Today, he appears to criticise a decision made by his father and grandfather 20 years ago.

When Princess Diana was killed in that car crash in Paris, Harry was only 12 years old. And in front of tens of thousand of people in London, and many millions more on television, he walked behind his mother’s coffin.

You’ll remember those scenes: the young Prince Harry walking next to his brother Prince William, his uncle Charles Spencer, the Prince of Wales and Duke of Edinburgh.

Now Harry has told US magazine Newsweek, “I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances.”

He adds: “I don’t think it would happen today.”

Harry has opened up in interviews over the past few weeks.
Harry has opened up in interviews over the past few weeks. Credit: PA

They are words which have rather left Kensington Palace on the defensive.

This thoroughly modern Royal suddenly appears to be at odds with the traditions of the royal household in which he grew up.

Kensington Palace denies Prince Harry is criticising other members of his family, but suggests they are simply his reflections on how attitudes to grief have changed in 20 years.

The other interesting line from Prince Harry’s chat with Newsweek is his admission that no-one in the family wants to be King or Queen.

Which is another interesting admission.

Prince Harry said no one in the Royal family relishes the though of becoming monarch.
Prince Harry said no one in the Royal family relishes the though of becoming monarch. Credit: PA

Harry is fifth in line to the throne and his father and brother will both inherit the crown at some point in their lives.

His exact words are these: “Is there any one of the Royal Family who wants to be king or queen? I don’t think so”.

His aides suggest he is simply reflecting reality: he is highly unlikely to ever be the Head of State and that no Royal Family member is motivated by position – only service.

Prince Harry’s words have caused a few ripples in the royal pond.

But that’s what makes him, right now, the most interesting member of the Royal Family.

FORMER TENNIS WORLD CHAMPION DECLARES BANKRUPTCY

Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker has been declared bankrupt by a court in London.

Mr Becker, now a coach, owed a firm of private bankers a large sum of money, reports the BBC. The bankruptcy court registrar said there was not enough credible evidence that he could pay the debt.

Lawyers for the 49-year-old former champion pleaded with the registrar in London on Wednesday for ‘a last chance’ to pay the long-standing sum.

The lawyers attempted to bargain, saying that the funds could come from remortgaging a property in Majorca, but the court declined.

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Registrar Miss Christine Derrett said it was ‘with regret’ that she came to the conclusion that he could not pay.

The registrar said in court: “It is not often the case that a professional person has a judgment [debt] outstanding against them since October 2015. This is a historic debt.

“One has the impression of a man with his head in the sand.

“I remember watching him play on Centre Court, which probably shows my age,” she added.

Becker’s advocate, John Briggs, said: “He is not a sophisticated individual when it comes to finances. I am asking for a real last chance for Mr Becker to come good. It has just taken longer than anticipated.”


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Becker is considered one of the all-time tennis greats.

The German former world number one is a six-time major singles champion, including having been the youngest Wimbledon men’s champion when he was 17 years, 7 months and 15 days old.

Tennis magazine put him as the 11th best male player of the period 1965-2005.

His powerful serve earned him the nicknames ‘Boom Boom’ and ‘Der Bomber’ and he was well known for his willingness to throw himself around the court.

The German player is probably best remembered for his success on the famed grass courts of Wimbledon, where he really rocketed to stardom. Fittingly, he announced his retirement after losing there in the fourth round in 1999.

He finished with an outstanding 71-12 career record at the All-England Club.

ANT McPARTLIN FROM “ANT & DEC” GOES INTO REHAB FOR ALCOHOL AND DRUGS PROBLEM

TV star Anthony McPartlin has checked into rehab after ­tearfully ­admitting drink and drugs problems to his wife and his showbiz partner Dec Donnelly.

The I’m A Celebrity and Britain’s Got Talent presenter has confessed to his close friends and family that he has come to grief over prescription drugs and booze.

McPartlin says he has “let people down” and wanted to speak out about his issues so he could help others.

The 41-year-old star, one half of presenting duo Ant and Dec, told The Sun on Sunday: “I feel like I have let a lot of people down and for that I am truly sorry.

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“I want to thank my wife, family and closest friends for helping me through this really difficult time.

“I’ve spoken out because I think it’s important that people ask for help if they’re going through a rough time and get the proper treatment to help their recovery.”

McPartlin is believed to have checked into a rehabilitation facility, where he will remain for up to two months.

The paper reported that the star’s problems were triggered by failed knee surgery two years ago.

McPartlin has an ongoing knee problem and is said to have started taking prescription drugs to ease the pain.

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Picture released last year shows the star in a knee brace

A source said that alcohol had become a concern among his friends.

Meanwhile, Donnelly wrote on Ant and Dec’s official Twitter account: “Thank you for all the kind messages and well wishes for the big fella.

“Your support is, as ever, much appreciated. DD xx.”

McPartlin and Donnelly present programmes such as I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! and Britain’s Got Talent.

Ant and Dec started out starring in children’s drama series Byker Grove in the 1990s and went on to pursue a music career under the names of their characters PJ & Duncan, releasing songs such as Let’s Get Ready To Rhumble and Shout.

After presenting a range of programmes they began hosting Saturday morning ITV children’s programmes SMTV Live and CD:UK, where they remained for three years from 1998 until 2001.

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Fronting Pop Idol and Friends Like These catapulted them to prime-time fame in the early noughties, and they are now best-known for presenting I’m A Celebrity, Britain’s Got Talent and their own entertainment show, Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

The duo have won the TV presenter award at the National Television Awards for 16 consecutive years.

Last year the two Geordies were awarded OBEs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

McPartlin is married to his long-time partner Lisa Armstrong.

JUDGE DECLARES MISTRIAL IN COSBY SEX ASSAULT CASE

A judge has declared a mistrial in the Bill Cosby sex assault case because the jury says it is hopelessly deadlocked.

At a hearing, the jury said it could not reach a unanimous verdict on any of the counts being faced by the TV entertainer.

Cosby had been accused of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia mansion in 2004.

The jury had been deliberating for more than 50 hours on whether to convict the fallen TV star, but could not agree whether he had drugged and molested the 44-year-old.

Cosby’s wife Camille has condemned those who pursued the case – describing the district attorney as “heinously and exploitively ambitious”, and the judge as “overtly arrogant”.

 

 

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NORRISTOWN, PA – JUNE 6: Andrea Constand walks to the courtroom for the trial of actor Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 6, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Constand, a former Temple University employee, alleges that the entertainer drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia. More than 40 women have accused the 79-year-old entertainer of sexual assault. (Photo by Matt Rourke-Pool/Getty Images)

Prosecutors have vowed to retry the 79-year-old, who is known for his long-running sitcom The Cosby Show.

Cosby had faced spending the rest of his life in prison if he was convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

Dozens of women have come forward with allegations, some dating back decades, but statutes of limitations mean those allegations are too old to reach court.

This had been the first criminal prosecution to be brought against Cosby, who will celebrate his 80th birthday next month with his legacy and reputation in shreds.

After the mistrial was declared, Cosby’s lawyer Angela Agrusa said: “This is what happens, juries are stuck when a prosecutor seeks to put someone in prison for things that are simply not presented in the courtroom.”

 

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Image:Cosby earned fame and fortune as ‘America’s dad’ through his sitcom The Cosby Show

Dr Barbara Ziv, a forensic psychiatrist who has worked with victims of sexual assault, told Sky News: “When there are only two people involved there is always a ‘he said, she said’ element – so who are you going to believe?

“It’s hard to make judgements about credibility so there is a heavy reliance on physical evidence.”

Cosby does still face the possibility of civil trial on California over a claim dating back to the 1970s. Judy Huth says she was molested at the Playboy Mansion when she was 15 years old.

As with all of the allegations against him, Cosby has issued denials through his lawyers and remained largely silent himself.

Gloria Allred, a lawyer who represents many of his accusers, vowed: “We can never underestimate the blinding power of celebrity, but justice will come.”

 

A worker cleans graffiti on actor Bill Cosby's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles
A worker cleans graffiti on actor Bill Cosby’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles December 5, 2014.

Journalists who have investigated the star say it is not surprising that it took many years for allegations to surface.

Mark Ebner said: “They have been empowered because time in many ways takes care of time.

“Back then their livelihoods, their reputations, everything was on the line because they were helpless to do anything about it because they were smack up against this power.”

When the scandal erupted, he was embarking on a career comeback expected to cement his legacy.

Instead TV appearances were shelved, his star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame was defaced and his live stand-up tour was dogged by controversy.

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UK BASED PROPERTY GURU CLINCHES CITY PEOPLE REAL ESTATE AWARD

The CEO of Purple Premium Limited and developer of Woodbury Estate in Lekki Lagos has won the 3rd City People Real Estate Player in the Diaspora Award.

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Richard Obahor clinched the award at the star studded event organised by City People Magazine in Lagos last weekend.

This year, City People honoured more than 40 firms/personalities playing under real estate sector.

Awards were presented under different categories under real estate including real estate firm of the year, real estate person of the year, architect of the year, surveyor of the year, real estate woman of the  a year, real estate association of the year, local manufacturer firm of the year and a whole lot more